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EdD - Curriculum and Instruction

Capella University's EdD - Curriculum and Instruction is designed for education professionals who are interested in learning advanced theories and strategies in curriculum design and instructional management for possible career advancement. Read on to learn more about this doctoral degree program.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction

School Offering Program:

Capella University

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Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in attending this program should desire a formal administrative leadership position or want to apply research-based practices to their daily choices. Capella University doctoral programs require a Master's Degree; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Developing and evaluating effective curriculum, assessments and instruction practices are the main focuses of Capella University's Doctor of Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction program. In specialization courses, students have the opportunity to learn how to effectively collaborate and apply research to improve curriculum, instruction and assessments. Several courses are designed to use technology, critical thinking skills, reflective practices, and cultural knowledge to effectively teach how to address problems and create organizational improvement. During the core coursework, students will have the ability to learn how to investigate problems, research design and analyze data to improve the dynamics of the organization and the instructional practices. Students will also have the opportunity to apply methods and techniques through six doctoral projects upon the completion of all required courses.

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Program Length:

64 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Curriculum & Instruction:

In order to complete this degree, a student will have 16 required courses made up of 20 core credits and 20 specialization credits, plus a doctoral project requirement. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (20 credits)

  • Foundations of Doctoral Studies in Education
  • The Dynamics of Organizational Improvement
  • Investigating Problems of Practice
  • Research Design for Practitioners
  • Data Literacy for Leaders

Specialization Courses (20 credits)

  • Organizational Improvement Through Effective Curriculum Development and Instructional Practice
  • Assessments for Improved Curriculum and Instruction
  • Leading in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Collaboration for the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Applying Research to the Improvement of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Doctoral Project (upon completion of all required coursework) (24 credits)

  • EdD Doctoral Project 1
  • EdD Doctoral Project 2
  • EdD Doctoral Project 3
  • EdD Doctoral Project 4
  • EdD Doctoral Project 5
  • EdD Doctoral Project 6

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Doctor of Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to offer hands-on academic and leadership training that is directly transferable to the workforce. Students have the opportunity to become experts in applied technology as it relates to instructional practices, as well as collaborate and lead initiatives for the improvement of curriculum, instruction and assessments.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Administrative leadership
  • College- or university-level teaching
  • K-12 teacher

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